“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do…. Be at peace among yourselves. We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11,13b – 14
Faith is a life-long journey, and we need travel companions to share the excitement of our destination, to accompany us on both fair and foul weather days, to encourage us when the road gets rocky, or to remind us of our purpose when we lose our map or forget our goal. We need each other as accountability partners to stay on the straight and narrow path that Jesus walked and to remember the joyful hope of the Resurrection!
Many social groups are available at our parish to support & encourage you in your faith!
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. The Order was founded upon the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.
The Maryville Knights are involved in a variety of activities which benefit the church and community. In fact, they currently have special programs in place to support seminarians, persons wanting to know more about the Catholic faith, Pro-Life causes, person with Developmental Disabilities, Camp Quality (a camp for children with cancer), and youth. Examples of these activities include providing financial support and/or workers to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Nodaway County each year, awarding a $500 scholarship to a local graduating school senior, and sponsoring a fish fry for the whole parish on Fridays during Lent.
The group also holds numerous social events for Knights and their families throughout the year. These events include informal gatherings like a summer picnic and a more formal Knights and Sweethearts Dinner in February.
Membership: The Maryville Knights of Columbus Council 1339 is open to practicing Catholic men age 18 and over.
Meetings: The Knights not only have monthly business meetings, but also organize several social events for Knights and their families throughout the year. Business meetings are scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Knights Meeting Room in the basement of the Rectory. The dates of the social events are generally set during the business meetings.
With the goal of “Helping Knights to Help Others,” the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is both a social and a charitable organization. The organization contributes to many community and church programs; for example, they have sold “Keep Christ in Christmas” car magnets to raise funds for Backpack Buddies (See “Ministry Center.”) and the Northwest Advocates for Animal Awareness.
Meetings: The Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Leitner Room, located next to the St. Gregory’s gymnasium.
Membership: Membership in the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is open to wives of Knights in good standing, mothers of Knights in good standing, daughters 18 years or older of Knights in good standing, and members of Religious Orders in good standing with their Order.
The Women’s Guild is a social and service group for women. The Guild, through its dues and fundraisers, pays for the following parish expenses: altar bread, wine, candles, communion cups and chalices, albs, and vestments. The Guild also provides important services including meals after funerals and soup suppers after parish events such as penance services. Besides being a Guild fundraiser, the December Sweet Shop has also become a greatly anticipated parish tradition.
Meetings: All women of the parish are encouraged to attend the Guild meetings, which are generally posted in the church bulletin. In addition to the meetings, events are planned throughout the year for socializing and spiritual nourishment. These events range from overnight trips and tours to luncheon speakers.
Membership: All women of the parish over 18 years of age are considered members of the Women’s Guild. Dues are $5 per year.